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Classic Shangri-La Exploration

4-Day Shangri-la

Code:YN09
Type:Private Tour
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Classic Shangri-La Exploration

In this 4-day Shangri-La tour, you have a chance to see the most spectacular alpine landscape by an adventure into the Potatso National Park hidden in southwest China, and discover the most authentic Tibetan culture without going to Tibet by an experience in Songzanlin Monastery and Dukezong Old Town.

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Overview
Tour Highlights
  • Immerse into the breathtaking wonderland of Potatso National Park.
  • Visit a local Tibetan family to see their undisturbed traditional lifestyle.
  • Taste real Tibetan culture and Buddhism in Songzanlin Lamsery and Dukezong.
  • Have a glimpse of local people’s daily life by joining their leisure-time dancing.

Classic Shangri-La Exploration

4-Day Shangri-la

Code:YN09
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$588
Tour Highlights
  • Immerse into the breathtaking wonderland of Potatso National Park.
  • Visit a local Tibetan family to see their undisturbed traditional lifestyle.
  • Taste real Tibetan culture and Buddhism in Songzanlin Lamsery and Dukezong.
  • Have a glimpse of local people’s daily life by joining their leisure-time dancing.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrival in Shangri-La
Airport pick-up and private vehicle transfer to hotel.
Luxury: Songtsam Retreat at Shangri-La Superior: Shangrila Old Town

Welcome to Shangri-La! When you land at Shangri-La Airport, a local guide will be already waiting for you at the arrival hall, and then then transfer you to your hotel by a charter car. Shangri-La gets an average elevation of 3,459 meters, which may give rise to different degrees of altitude stress. Take the rest of the day to get acclimatized to the environment. 

Tips: There are direct flights from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Lhasa, Kunming, Chengdu, Chongqing and Xishuangbanna. If leaving from other cities out of the above list, you could fly to Kunming or Dali first, and then make a land transfer to Shangri-La. 

Day 2
Shangri-La
Marvel at the magnificent Songzanlin Lamasery. Discover the Tibetan culture in Dukezong Old Town.
Breakfast

After breakfast, you will head for the Songzanlin Lamasery by a private vehicle drive. Built in 1679, Songzanlin is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan Province. As a splendid ancient castle complex, the lamasery is also famed as a Little Potala perched at the hillside. Venture into the richly ornamented building to soak up the traditional Tibetan architecture and wonder at the abundant cultural relics inside.

Afterwards, move to the 1,800-year-old Dukezong Old Town. The town has a unique layout of a six-petal lotus flower, with Moonlight Square in the center clung by quaint Tibetan-style wood houses.

Then proceed to Guishan Park, the seat of the world’s biggest prayer wheel, where you will feel the authentic ambience of Tibetan Buddhism from the monk’s chanting.

At night, you could show up at the Moonlight Square where Tibetan locals may hit the floor with their lively folk group dance in the open air. You could join them if inspired by their enthusiasm.

Day 3
Shangri-La
Get lost in the fairyland of Potatso National Park. Visit a local Tibetan Family.
Breakfast

Enjoy a day away from the hustling and bustling world with a morning adventure into the fairy-tale Potatso National Park. It is a real wonderland teeming with mirror-like alpine lakes, highland pastures and old-growth forest.

Bita Lake and Shudu Lake are two biggest charms of the park, linked by plank walkway for you to inhale the great nature and discover the diverse wildlife. Fully indulge yourself in the breathtaking and pure world, with flocks of yaks straying on the steppe, and smoke from kitchen chimneys whirling up in peaceful Tibetan Villages.

Then follow your guide to drop by a local Tibetan family to see how they live an undisturbed and primitive life in such an escape.

At last, you will be dropped back to your hotel for a good rest. 

Day 4
Departure from Shangri-La
Hotel-airport transfer. Wish you a smooth journey home!
Breakfast

Your dreamlike Shangri-La trip draws to a close today. Your thoughtful guide and driver will chauffeur you to the airport according to your scheduled flight. It’s time to say goodbye, and wish you a smooth journey home. 

Tips: You could make an extensional trip to Lhasa to discover the holiest and most isolated regions of China. Please contact with your travel consultant in advance for the application of Tibet Travel Permit.

Accommodations
Shangri-la
Shangri-la
Luxury

Songtsam Retreat at Shangri-La

Songzanlin Monastery, Shangri La, Deqen, China
A wonderful boutique hotel filled with Tibetan features. The rooms of Songtsam Retreat at Shangri-La enjoy great views and buildings named after villages deep inside Shangri-La.
Superior

Shangrila Old Town

No.92 Chicika Rd, Shangri-La, Shangri La, Deqen, China
Located in Dukezong Ancient Town, the hotel has comfortable rooms and easy access to explore the ancient town during free time.
Luxury
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Shangri-la

Songtsam Retreat at Shangri-La

Songzanlin Monastery, Shangri La, Deqen, China
A wonderful boutique hotel filled with Tibetan features. The rooms of Songtsam Retreat at Shangri-La enjoy great views and buildings named after villages deep inside Shangri-La.
Superior
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Shangri-la

Shangrila Old Town

No.92 Chicika Rd, Shangri-La, Shangri La, Deqen, China
Located in Dukezong Ancient Town, the hotel has comfortable rooms and easy access to explore the ancient town during free time.
Price / Enquiry
from US$588
  • The price above is for one person based on a group of 2 adults sharing one room of 4 star hotels. It is subject to change according to your traveling season, number of travelers, hotel class, etc.
  • Any parts of the itinerary could be customized based on your interests and budgets, e.g. tour length, activities, hotels, etc.
Inclusions
  • Entrance fees to sightseeings and attractions
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Private English-speaking tour guides
  • Private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights, trains and cruises as specified in the itinerary
Booking Procedure
  • Once you send an enquiry, a confirmation email with your exclusive Case No. will be sent to you and at the meantime, our travel consultants have started working on your enquiry.
  • A detailed itinerary with quotation based on your enquiry will then be sent to you within 12 hours or even sooner. You could share your ideas freely to adjust the itinerary till your satisfaction.
  • You enjoy free consultancy during trip planning and only need to pay a deposit for your tour to secure the booking once you confirm the tour. We accept Bank Transfer, PayPal, Credit Card, Alipay, etc.
  • Before your departure, detailed travel tips and necessary information will be sent to you to help you fully prepare and to gurantee a smooth trip.
  • No cancellation fee will be charged by us upon receipt of your written cancellation 20 days prior to your departure if you must cancel. Your early notification is highly suggested to avoid cancellation fees charged by suppliers like the airlines or hotels.
  • Email is the primary way for communication of trip planning. You could directly call us or contact us via Skype, WhatsApp or Wechat for faster responses.
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